Garcia Love and Woods Control the World


An already miniscule field just got a bit more compacted at the Williams World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Sergio Garcia, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods have pulled away from the nine other players in the elite field at the Sherwood Country Club.
Garcia, Love and Woods each tied the competitive course record of 8-under-par 64 on Friday. At 15-under for the tournament, Garcia leads Love by two shots and Woods by three. Defending champion Tom Lehman is the next closest competitor at 4-under, 11 shots off the lead!
Garcia began the day with a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh. Friday, the Fijian shot 76, 10 shots higher than his opening score. Meanwhile, Garcia played brilliantly. The 20-year-old Spaniard birdied four of his first five holes. He went out in 5-under-par 31, and then added one eagle, two birdies and a lone bogey over the inward half.
'Another great start,' said Garcia, who was 3-under through three holes in the first round. 'If I have to shoot 62-63 to win, that's fine - but I'd prefer to shoot two 66s.'
Love and Woods were paired together in the second round. Love bettered his playing companion by one shot on the front nine, but Woods made up the difference on the back.
Like Garcia, Love birdied his first three holes, and then added another red number at the fifth. Following four consecutive pars to close out the front nine, Love birdied four of his first six holes on the back for a round of 64.
'A win's a win, no matter what,' said Love, whose last official PGA Tour victory came at the 1998 MCI Classic. 'This is an exciting tournament. To win here would give you a lot of momentum going into next year.'
Tiger's day didn't begin as brightly as that of his counterparts. Woods stroked a ball out of bounds at the par-5 2nd, which eventually led to a bogey 6. However, that was Tiger's lone blemish on his day-two scorecard.
Tiger strung together three straight birdies beginning at the 5th, and then closed out his front side with a birdie at the 9th. On the back, Tiger added an eagle at the par-5 11th to go along with birdies at the 13th, 16th and 17th holes.
'I got myself back in the tournament,' said Woods, who is the host of the event. 'I played well today. My putts went in - most of them.'
Thursday, Tiger missed a series of birdie putts to turn 'a 63 into a 68.'
Though this event is unofficial, the winner will receive $1 million of the $3.5 million purse.